The original LX100 was a very popular camera for Panasonic. As compacts go, it’s up there amongst the best, offering great image quality and a more advanced layout & control over competing cameras. While a few things stay the same in the new LX100 II, it has seen some pretty significant upgrades. Like geting the 20.3MP MFT sensor from the GX9.
The Panasonic Lumix TS7 is the newest waterproof and shockproof compact camera in the Lumix lineup and it is all about being in water, sand or snow, all with no questions asked. Cell phones cameras never actually killed the point and shoot camera, they just made them tougher.
Not everything in photography is like that. With a tough camera, you don’t have to worry about fogging up the inner lens elements in the winter, or committing a dreaded “death-drop” with your expensive DSLR gear. Bringing this camera just about anywhere is not a worry so you can always get a shot of your adventures.
Panasonic, today, are also announcing a new Leica 200mm f/2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Panasonic say it offers the “sharpest-ever corner to corner image quality in Lumix history”. They also say that it’s designed with high speed and low weight in mind for handheld shooting.
With the launch of a new superfast 60fps camera, a new lens obviously aimed squarely at sports and wildlife shooters shouldn’t be much of a surprise. It has the equivalent field of view to a 400mm lens on a full frame sensor, with a fast aperture, fast autofocus, image stabilisation and it even comes supplied with a 1.4x teleconverter.
The Panasonic Lumix G9 is now official, and it’s a little beast. While Panasonic have become a favourite for video shooters, stills photographers tend to favour Olympus when it comes to Micro Four Thirds. It’s clear, though, that Panasonic have aimed the new G9 squarely at photographers, and demanding ones at that.
The G9 shoots raw stills at up to an insane blackout-free 60 frames per second, and also offers an 80 megapixel “High Resolution” mode. 5-axis in body image stabilisation combines with lens stabilisation offering up to 6.5 stops of handshake removing goodness. It also boasts the world’s fastest autofocus speed.
Panasonic are expected to announce their new G9 mirrorless camera on Wednesday morning. Also expected is a new 200mm f/2.8 MFT lens announcement. It seems that, as usual, some folks can’t wait to share the promo images, though. A few images have leaked through both 43Rumors and serial leakers, Nokishita.
Overheating wasn’t much of an issue for cameras at one point. Sure, long exposures might build up some noise on CCD sensors. It did a bit with my D100 bodies for anything 4 seconds or longer. But it wasn’t a consistent problem when shooting stills. Then cameras got video, which leaves our sensors exposed and on for much longer periods of time. To the point where some cameras now are notorious for overheating.
One such camera is the Panasonic GF7. Industrial designer, Eric Strebel has been facing this problem with his GF7. He’d regularly receive an error stating “Camera overheating, please allow it to cool down”. Being an engineer, he designed a solution. In essence, that meant strapping a great big heatsink to the back of it. This video shows us how the build came together.
When the GH5 was announced, there was a big deal made about its ability to shoot 10Bit 4:2:2 video. But there were a few issues. Mostly that it didn’t offer it in all resolutions and modes. The first of two planned firmware updates has now officially been announced. Available from April 24th, it offers 4:2:2 10Bit capture at 100Mbps for 1080/59.97p resolution, with 4:2:2 3328×2496 anamorphic at 150Mbps.
Also announced today is a new Micro Four Thirds lens. The Leica DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH and Lumix ZS70 / TZ90 20.3MP 4K compact camera. Taking square aim at the Canon G7X Mk II and Sony RX100 V, the ZS70features the same 30x optical zoom and 4K video of the ZS60. But, it also features a flip up selfie-mode LCD, an all new “Panorama Selfie” mode and more.
Video responses might be a thing of the past as far as YouTube’s concerned, but that’s not stopping Panasonic. There’s been a bit of talk around the web and YouTube since the Panasonic Lumix GH5’s release about its autofocus system. Well, Panasonic were listening and have responded. Surprisingly, that response comes to us via YouTube.
Lumix Luminary Joseph Linaschke (aka PhotoJoseph) reads the announcement in a video on his YouTube channel. It’s a fairly brief statement, which offers some recommendations for best results. Joseph also got together with fellow YouTuber and filmmaker Max Yuryev to do some comparisons. Two GH5 cameras, with different AF settings.
Back in 2009, I learned to shoot video on the now-classic Panasonic HVX200.
At that time shooting HD video to memory cards was pretty new in the video world. The HVX was released just a couple of years before the Canon 5d Mark II changed the whole video market. The HVX200 recorded SD (standard def) video to DV tapes, but 1080i recorded to Panasonic’s early flash storage, the P2 card. The problem was that our (only) 8gb P2 card could only store 11 minutes of HD video at a time at a cost of well over $1000! These days you can buy over 500gb of some of the fastest SD cards on the market for that for that much.
This is the one that many Panasonic video shooters have been waiting for. And it seems to have many of the features they’ve been asking for, too. The Panasonic GH5 has a new 20.3MP sensor with no low-pass filter, new processor, dual SD card slots, and in-body stabilisation. It boasts the highest ISO capabilities of any Lumix camera, for outstanding low light shots. It also has a new 225 point AF system, up from the GH4’s 49 point AF, which can track moving subjects for both stills and video.
Previous big announcements with this camera included a couple of major attractions for video shoots. One was that it would shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second, and the other was that it would shoot 4:2:2 10Bit footage. It is capable of these, but not at all framerates. At 60fps, 4K video is 4:2:0 at 150mbps. At 30fps, it will shoot 4:2:2 10Bit at 150mbps. It can, however, do 4:2:2 4K 60fps over the HDMI. In the future, however, a firmware is planned to allow 4:2:2 10Bit with 4K at up to 400mbps recorded internally to SD.